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Swallow Press
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6.03 X 0.17 X 8.4 inches | 0.19 pounds
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About the Author

David Yezzi 's books of poetry are Azores, Sad Is Eros, and The Hidden Model. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its world premiere in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis in 2007. His poems and criticism have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, The Best American Poetry 2006, and elsewhere. He is executive editor of the New Criterion.


"Yezzi finds a way to write about relationships not found much in poetry, the iffy connections with acquaintances, couples, and places, cemented with convenience and jealousy as well as fondness. Romance will always have the limelight, but I think Yezzi's tacit statement is correct, that these shallower relationships, failing in droves, contribute the bulk of the sadness to life."--Poetry
"Not yet 50, Yezzi ranks among our best formalists." --The New York Times Book Review
"David Yezzi's poems employ a distilled, deceptively low-key vernacular of educated American urbanites. A charged quietude prevails, with emotional and psychic intensities never far from the surface and often bursting through to piercing effect."--neo
"Intelligent and moving, David Yezzi's Azores relies on understatement, humor, and masterful control of tone. Proficient and inventive in traditional forms, this poet speaks in an ironic, compassionate voice, his dark vision reminiscent of Frost at his most tender."
-- The Antioch Review
"Azores is not merely an impressive collection, although it is that. It also serves as a pleasing reminder that there are poets still writing for whom the responsibility of expression outweighs the desire to be regarded as shamanic.... (I)t is pleasing and useful to have a poet writing with controlled rigor about important themes."
-- Contemporary Poetry Review
"It is this breeching, this inability to exist in one mode that makes Azores such a valuable collection of work. Not content to merely model our divided humanity, the structure of Yezzi's poems is amphibious - this is a formal collection that doesn't read formally.... Buy this book, read these poems, and let them ask you where change lives. Wrestle with their words for the answer."
-- Strong Verse